After five years of working together, the City of Melville, South of the River Potters’ Club (SORPC) and Melville Community Arts Association have come together to celebrate the start of construction for the future Karlup Ceramics Studio at the Atwell Arts House site in Alfred Cove.
A special celebration was held on Thursday, 7 October to mark the occasion, following the passionate and persistent work of the SORPC committee to push for the new facilities.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the milestone was a shared celebration by the South of the River Potters’ Club, Melville Community Arts Association and the City’s staff how had worked closely together for five years to realise this dream.
“As a City, we recognise the role that the arts play in creating vibrancy in the community and we’re glad to fully fund the Karlup Ceramics Studio,” said Mayor Gear.
“The City’s $1.2 million investment in the Karlup Ceramics Studio is part of the City’s ambitious Cultural Plan Creative Melville: Realising the City’s Cultural Potential 2018- 2022, when the community told the City to be bolder in developing a vibrant and creative area.
“The Karlup Ceramic Studio will add to the arts facilities of not just Melville but Perth, as one of the few dedicated buildings designed for specific community arts use.
“The new building replaces the existing tin sheds, which are small and deteriorating, and will allow the potters club greater opportunities and provide for membership growth.
“Along with providing members with 24-hour access to kilns, it will help the club to achieve their objective of supporting therapeutic pottery arts.
“The single-storey ceramics facility will include three kilns, potters wheels, tables for potters, an education and inclusive space, exhibition area kitchenette and storage for both the South of the River Potters’ Club and the Melville Community Arts Association.”
Mayor Gear said the name Karlup was a Noongar word for “place of fire” and came about as result of consultation with Whadjuk Aboriginal heritage site informants, Elders and Traditional Owners in 2020.
“The heritage significance of Atwell House lies in its former agricultural use as a dairy farm and, since 1978, its social value as a home for artists and local community arts groups alike,” said Mayor Gear.
For further information, visit the Karlup Ceramics Studio Projects and Works webpage.